146 Min | Action – Adventure – Sci-Fi | November 2013
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review: Some stories are built on passion, some on courage and some on hope. Very rarely do you come across a love story that encompasses itself around a life-or-death contest. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire introduces us to the world of Katniss Everdeen, who mirrors the most innocent of sentiments which lie locked up within the depths of our heart. She wins us over in the first frame, because she is one among us. It is not her heroism which makes her a heroine, but her vulnerability which makes her endear-able. The audience falls in love with Katniss because she is scared of the unknown just like us. What makes her a hero is her conviction and spirit, which makes her embark on a wide-spread journey for the search of love and faith. It is somewhere in that journey, that you no longer root for Jennifer Lawrence and her victory, but for Katniss and her belief, which makes The The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a winner right from the opening credits.
The cast that were chosen for the film was perfect. Jennifer Lawrence played Katniss with exceptional strength and even grace that made me completely buy her as being Katniss and could not imagine anyone else as the strong heroine. Woody Harrelson portrayed Haymitch with a respect for the character in terms of how the character truly feels about the Capitol and showing him as a man made bitter by his life, which in my opinion was pretty much what Haymitch was. And Donald Sutherland as the vicious President Snow was absolutely terrifying in the role. He brought on the same aura of malice and hatred that the character was easily able to create in the books. This is just the first movie and I cannot wait to see what else he brings to the table in future installments. The action and violence was also pretty gruesome and done just right so that it didn’t go overboard but was faithful enough to the book that the violence wasn’t undermined. The outcome of having Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games) work with director Gary Ross to write the script for the film version was probably one of the best things to happen for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It is superb filmmaking at it’s finest.
In closing, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a faithful film adaptation to a great book that is superbly written, performed, and directed to create what will probably be one of the best films of the year. The action and suspense will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the film as well as surprise those of you who have read the books. This film is about two-and-a-half hours long but the pacing matches that of the book so that when it’s over you’ll feel like its only been an hour-and-a-half. It never drags on but is always on the move to something more exciting than the one before. This film will stay with you for years to come and will make you think a little more about what direction our society is going in.
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